The Great Work: The Constructive Principle of Nature in Individual Life, Volume 3

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Indo-American Book Company, 1915 - Occultism - 456 pages

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Page 250 - The exclusive in fashionable life does not see that he excludes himself from enjoyment, in the attempt to appropriate it. The exclusionist in religion does not see that he shuts the door of heaven on himself, in striving to shut out others. Treat men as pawns and ninepins, and you shall suffer as well as they. If you leave out their heart, you shall lose your own. The senses would make things of all persons; of women, of children, of the poor. The vulgar proverb " I will get it from his purse or...
Page 250 - A wise man will extend this lesson to all parts of life, and know that it is the part of prudence to face every claimant and pay every just demand on your time, your talents, or your heart. Always pay; for first or last you must pay your entire debt. Persons and events may stand for a time between you and justice, but it is only a postponement. You must pay at last your own debt.
Page 82 - The idea that the specific guiding power which we call "life " is one of the forms of material energy; so that, directly it relinquishes its connection with matter other equivalent forms of energy must arise to replace it.
Page 251 - The law of nature is, Do the thing, and you shall have the Power; but they who do not the thing have not the power.
Page 251 - Human labor, through all its forms, from the sharpening of a stake to the construction of a city or an epic, is one immense illustration of the perfect compensation of the universe.
Page 56 - Melchizedek, the mystery of which can be understood by those who are familiar with the great school of the masters, that His name is familiar to the members of the great school as one of its most illustrious high priests; that when He refused to tell the chief priests and scribes by what authority He came among them and performed such wonders, He was but following the policy of secrecy and silence in strict conformity with which the great school has proceeded through the ages and will continue to...
Page 84 - Thus, then, in order to explain life and mind and consciousness by means of matter, all that is done is to assume that matter possesses these unexplained attributes. What the full meaning of that may be, and whether there be any philosophic justification for any such idea, is a matter on which I will not now express an opinion ; but, at any rate, as it stands, it is not science, and its formulation gives no sort of conception of what life and will and consciousness really are.
Page 463 - In so far as may be for our mutual good, be with us this day and through all the days of this our earthly life. Lead us by the hand of Love, point us to the pathway of Duty. Bear with us when we stumble over the pathway whkh leads onward and upward into the Light.
Page 86 - We have granted that brain is the means whereby mind is made manifest on this material plane, it is the instrument through which alone we know it, but we have not granted that mind is limited to its material manifestation ; nor can we maintain that without matter the things we call mind, intelligence, consciousness, have no sort of existence.
Page 87 - God" is limited to the operation of a known evolutionary process, and can be represented as "the infinite sum of all natural forces, the sum of all atomic forces and all ether vibrations, ' ' to quote Professor Haeckel (Confession of Faith, p. 78); then such philosophers must be content with an audience of uneducated persons, or, if writing as men of science, must hold themselves liable to be opposed by other men of science, who are able, at any rate in their own judgment, to take a wider survey...

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